In its bid to halt the effects of climate change, the government of Ebonyi state has announced the commencement of an exercise to plant five million trees across the state. It was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Environment, Mr Sunday Ugwuocha.
“Tree planting is part of our lifestyle in the Ministry of Environment, but this year alone, we want to recreate a kind of pre-consciousness among our people, on the need for us to confront the adverse effects of climate change, Mr Sunday said.
“We are looking at planting over five million trees and that is why we have trickled down this exercise to the primary schools. In the primary schools, the pupils have started to plant trees; teachers and other staff are expected to plant trees, likewise in secondary schools.
“It is the same thing in the Local Government Areas. At the state level, all the MDAs and government officials are expected to plant at least 100 trees. The trees must be planted in such a way that they will not have much deficiency from growth”, he concluded.